Tag: Seattle Sounders

Sounders Practice Notes [01-23-19]

The Sounders ended their (short) first phase of training, as the team will be heading down to California on Thursday for some practices in warmer climates. The team won't be back actually training in Seattle training for nearly a month, as after California, they will move on to Arizona to participate in the Mobil Mini ...

Sounders Practice Notes [01-22-19]: Welcome Back

Welcome back everyone. After one of the longest offseason for the Seattle Sounders in recent memory, the team stepped out on the field at a chilly Starfire for the first practice of 2019. The obituaries for 2018 have been done Ad nauseam, so it's time to look forward. There were 40-some odd 1st team, draft ...

Seattle Sounders, Seattle Reign partner with Zulily

Big new partnership announcement, as the Sounders and Reign have a new kit partner in Zulily. Design looks simple and should compliment the jerseys well. I personally have no real opinion on the choice of sponsor; if they're happy with it, good. Had the chance to ask Sounders owner Adrian Hanauer a few questions. Of ...

MLS Allowing More Charter Flights Seems Overdue, but Would Teams Actually Use Them?

Photo used with permission from Max Aquino Photography Eagle-eyed readers who read my story on the tentative changes to the MLS schedule, noticed a little tidbit related to the implications from additional midweek games. The long and short of it was: Additional mid-week games will put additional stresses on players, which may require MLS loosening ...

Happy Holidays

Wow, it’s been a crazy year for me personally. Started out a year ago tweeting about lawsuits and writing stories on Reddit. Then I wrote a couple of features for SounderAtHeart. In February, I started a blog covering all things legal soccer in the U.S., with a side of Seattle Sounders (and cigars). Now I’m ...

Seattle Sounders Wrap Up 2018; Look Ahead to 2019 Season

The Seattle Sounders held their end-of-the-year press conference to put a bow on the 2018 season, and look forward to 2019. It was a fairly casual affair, as Coach Brian Schmetzer, General Manager and President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey, and Sporting Director Chris Henderson held court for the assembled media. There were several notable bits ...

2018 Seattle Sounders Business Meeting [Live Blog]

Hello from the Ninety! I'm down here covering the Sounders Business Meeting. Not sure what kind of news we'll get out this, but it's typically interesting. I'll come with any interesting tidbits that come out of the session. 7:05 P.M.: Meeting is under way. Interesting that Drew Carey is here in person. 7:16 P.M.: Adrian ...

Sounders Practice Notes [11-07-18]

The Sounders have completed what could be the last official practice of the year, depending on the result tomorrow against Portland at CenturyLink Field. The gravity of the situation wasn't lost on coach Brian Schmetzer (or the team), but it's fair to say that they aren't letting the fact that the season could be over ...

Seattle Sounders @ Portland Timbers Western Conference Semi-Final [Leg 1]

Made the (surprisingly quick) drive down I5 for leg one of the Western Conference Semi-Final between the Sounders and the Timbers. Should be a hell of a game; the Sounders are at close to full strength, with only Jordan Morris and Felix Chenkam definitely out for  the away side. Thanks to the Sounder At Heart ...

Sounders Practice Notes [11-03-18]

It was a quick practice for the Sounders today, as they prepare to head down I5 this afternoon ahead of tomorrow's game versus the Portland Timbers. With an early start tomorrow (2:30 p.m. PST), the team elected to stay overnight in Portland. That start time has been the source of some consternation, as this playoff ...

Sounders Practice Notes [10-31-18]

After the couple of well-deserved days off, the Sounders returned to practice today as they await their opponent in the Western Conference semi-finals. MLS' (somewhat odd) decision to hold the LAFC/RSL match until tomorrow means that the Sounders won't know who they're playing until late on Thursday, though that means their opponent will potentially have ...

Sounders Practice Notes [10-26-18]: Birthday Present

Jordan Morris got a birthday present of sorts today, as for the first time since his ACL surgery, he was able to join in some possession drills with the Sounders. To be sure, this is not a prelude to him making the 18 on Sunday, but as Brian Schmetzer said after practice, "today was a ...

My First Athletic Article

I won't do this all the time, but I had to plug my first article for The Athletic, which is on the issue of Solidarity Payments/Training Compensation. I've written about this before, but we got a pretty big update courtesy of the interview I did with Lance Reich, the attorney for Crossfire. Hope you enjoy; ...

Sounders Practice Notes [10-24-18]

The Sounders returned to the practice field at Starfire for the first time in about 10 days, as last week's road trip to Orlando and Houston kept the team away from home for an extended period. The team appeared in good spirits; not surprising after collecting six points in a four-day span. There is good ...

Sounders Practice Notes [10-13-18]

I wasn't going to write anything up today (recovering from yesterday's chaos), but looking at the schedule, this is the last Sounders practice before they take off for Orlando. So, it's probably a good time for an update. Those players who had been on the shelf with injuries continue to make their way back. Harry ...

Sounders Practice Notes [10-09-18]

In what should be a surprise to no one, less than 18 hours after trouncing the Houston Dynamo 4-1, there wasn't a first-teamer who saw the field last night to be found on the training pitch this afternoon. A regen day for the starters will be followed by a couple of precious off-days for the team, ...

Sounders Practice Notes [10-06-18]

A quick update today for everyone. The most pressing question right now is how the international absences will affect the team. The international break technically starts Monday, but players are likely starting to be released with the end of the games this weekend. Of course, this presents a problem for the Sounders who play on ...

Sounders Practice Notes [10-05-18]: Fall is Here

The change of the calendar to October has brought the usual rain and cold, as the Sounders resumed practice ahead of the oddly scheduled match with Houston this Monday. There were a couple of bits of good news ahead of the game. First, a Sounders spokesman confirmed that there will be no (American) football lines ...

Sounders Practice Notes [09-26-18]

The Seattle Sounders returned to training today for the first time since their loss on Sunday to the Los Angeles Galaxy. If there were any lingering effects from the two-loss week falling the nine-game winning streak, they weren't visible. Perhaps the visit from Saturday's honorary captain, Emmanuel, helped brighten their spirits. Emmanuel is from the ...

Sounders Practice Notes [09-21-18]: Silver Linings

The Sounders returned to the training field for the first time after Wednesday's disappointing loss to Philadelphia. Most of the starters remained inside as it typical for a practice two days after a game. However, there were a couple of pieces of good news. First, Chad Marshall was training off to the side this morning, ...

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